4th (NSW) Battalion matchbox cover, c. 1917

Historical note: 

A carton of these souvenir matchbox covers was found in a bricked-up room in Birmingham, England. The room was once the working residence of a local silversmith.

The battle honours embossed on the cover end in 1917. We can only assume that the soldier who ordered the covers for his unit never returned to collect them. 

Materials: 
Silver
Conflict: 
Great War
1914-18
Location: 
Birmingham
England
Production Date: 
c. 1917

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